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{December 19, 2011}   {ARC Review} On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane

From Goodreads: “The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn’t prepared for.  And Death would be my willing teacher.”

Five years ago Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her lucky break came at the expense of her mother’s life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.

Now she’s the target of Death’s Ravens and an innocent boy’s life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey’s secret crush—starts to climb Alaska’s Denali, the Angel of Death is with him because of her.

Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.


This was a completely unique story, and I highly enjoyed the narrative style as it takes the reader from scene to scene, allowing him/her to see events as they transpire.  Being able to live the story alongside each character, seeing it through their point of view, makes On a Dark Wing a very strong, well written piece, in my opinion.  My favorite types of novels are those that have a strong first person narrative, and though Abbey is the main character, Dane doesn’t shortchange Tanner or Nate as their stories unfold as well.  The transition between characters was very well done, especially as the narratives usually left off during a climax in the story, which further spurs the reader on as he/she is anxious to find out what happens next.  I think Dane has done a superb job putting all the pieces of this story together in a way that allows for mystery and intrigue while setting the scene for the ultimate ending.

I really enjoyed the characters in this novel.  Tanner is my absolute favorite, and I’m glad that he and Abbey have such a strong connection throughout the novel.  While Nate is a second favorite, I see him as a young man on a pedestal, someone to admire, but he’s not really my type, though Abbey is obsessed with him.  Abbey, herself, was a very well-rounded character and while her decisions and attitude weren’t always the best, she was very real.  Though I think the story started out a bit slow, Dane quickly puts the story into perspective and ties up all loose ends, answering all questions, including ones I had forgotten about along the way.  Four stars.

Harlequin publishers has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release tomorrow.


same here, love Tanner. Great review.

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